Just a short distance from The Crown & Punchbowl

Some ideas for rural walks and sight seeing

Cambridge City Centre
Cambridge City Centre may be 5 miles or so by road but it is a lot closer if you take the towpath. As you leave the restaurant turn right onto the High Street and continue past the Plough & Fleece until the hedgerow to the right of you comes to an end. As you turn right into the field you should come across a slightly hidden signpost marked ‘Baits Bite Lock’. Follow the footpath until you reach the lock. To go into the City Centre cross over the lock and proceed along the towpath to the left. You are now just a brisk walk from Cambridge. Should you decide to proceed right once you have crossed the lock you will reach Clayhithe, which is just 5 minutes from Waterbeach. Please ask to borrow a map.


Anglesey Abbey
Anglesey Abbey is also within walking distance if you have the right footwear. From the restaurant turn left into the High Street and proceed to the first lay-by, where you will see a signpost marked ‘Lode and Stow-cum-Quay.’ Follow the footpath. This will take you directly to the Abbey, a National Trust property with a working 18th century water mill and beautiful gardens. Winter walks and snowdrop woods add to the fascination.

This Jacobean country house set in 114 acres of landscaped and wildlife gardens, is the home of Lord Fairhaven's unusual "collection of collections" and houses some rare works of art, sumptuous furnishings and spectacular statuary. The Abbey puts on a series of events throughout the year and is well known for its family centred activities. There is an excellent café and the enterprising amongst us will ensure a visit occupies a full day.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill
Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9EJ | Tel: 01223 810080


Ely Cathedral
The unique Octagon Tower of Ely Cathedral is arguably one of the most amazing engineering feats of the Middle Ages. The Cathedral dates back to Saxon times, when it ranked as one of the premier Saxon churches in England on a par with both Canterbury and Glastonbury, its tower the envy of many. Of particular note to today's visitors are the remarkable Norman carvings, particularly those decorating the Prior's Door. The choir is described as "resplendently rich in Gothic carvings, this time in wood."

www.elycathedral.org
High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL | Tel: 01353 667735
 

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